4. Adapt your résumé for each position
The latter is also why you should (radically) change your résumé to suit each employer who will be reading it. Yes, you read that right: you can’t simply send the same résumé to different employers. When I make this suggestion, it is often countered with the argument: ‘I thought that’s what the motivation letter is for?’. If your résumé shows why you are applying for a position, then the motivation letter adds limited value.
So, take as much information as possible from your motivation letter and put it in your résumé. You can do this by actively comparing the job description against your profile and writing down what matches. For instance, if a job description mentions they are looking for a team player (which most do), then don’t just add this to your list of competences. Instead, include a small description in your employment history that clearly demonstrates your skills as a great team player. Another way to do this is by including a brief description at the top of your résumé that explains why you are applying for that specific position.